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1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-1314
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4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over...
Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.
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  • 279
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  • 125
    Very good
  • 56
    Average
  • 21
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  • 24
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
3rd Degree Pain Killers

The food is amazing! Wife ordered the red snapper and I got the General Hector. We were both very pleased. The 3rd degree pain killers were out of this world! A little pricey but great atmosphere!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
John T
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The food is amazing! Wife ordered the red snapper and I got the General Hector. We were both very pleased. The 3rd degree pain killers were out of this world! A little pricey but great atmosphere!

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Happy to hear you and your wife enjoyed your meal with us, John. Hope you'll be back to visit us soon. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Warrenton, Virginia
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113 reviews 113 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Not a lot of places offered crab legs so my son liked this. My steak was excellent, but my husband found the chicken alfredo lacking. It was a nice dinner with great service with a pleasant view of the harbor.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Happy to hear your family stopped by our place. Nice to know your son enjoyed his crab legs and you were a fan of your steak. Hope you'll be back to visit us soon. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Port Isabel, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

Eight of us enjoyed a great time at Sea Ranch. The hostess and help are friendly, and helpful. The appetizers, salads, drinks, and wine, as well as each meal ordered were enjoyed. Only one had a steak not prepared as liked, but I am sure would have been taken care of had she said something. My son-in-law always considers the... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad we were able to give your party of eight an excellent dining experience, Shirley. Happy to hear everything was up to your liking. Hope you'll be back to visit us again soon. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

If air going to eat on the island u need to try Sea Ranch it's the Best food in the valley from Shrimp to Steaks u can't get any better service is awesome none better

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Wow, Robin, it's quite the compliment to read that you think we have the best food in the valley. So glad we've been able to leave such a good impression on you. Hope you'll be back to visit us soon. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The food was very good but not sure if the quality matches the price. Absolutely the best service though! I would definitely go back......just know it more high end than a lot of places in South Padre.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Happy to hear you think we have the absolute best service, Lana. Hopefully our food can be on that level for the next time you visit us. Until then, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Lakeway, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Met old friends from LWay and had a wonderful dinner. Good food, good service and great atmosphere, sittin on the water.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you and your friends decided to meet at our place, Jim. Happy to hear that you enjoyed your food and service. Hope you guys will be back to visit us soon. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Centerville, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We had the chef'so special that night--a whole grilled flounder Oscar with shrimp Rockefeller. Outstanding, and I don't usually eat a whole fish! The wait staff were so helpful and pleasant. The restaurant is right on the water with really beautiful views. You have to save room for dessert!

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad your Chef's special was outstanding, Lisa. Happy to hear our staff was as great as your food. Hope you'll be back again soon. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Bedminster, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

After eating great seafood at other restaurants on the island I was surprised how pricey this restaurant was. I ordered the Red Snapper with the Signature Diane Sauce and thought it was tasteless. I do have to give thumbs up to the scalloped potatoes, they were to die for. My husband had the flounder special which was a whole flounder... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Sorry to hear you weren't a bigger fan of your Red Snapper. We usually get compliments on that dish, so it sounds like you might've caught us on an off day. Hope you'll give us another chance to show you who we truly are. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Ponder, Texas
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

We were in South Padre and had a frequent dinners gift for our anniversary. To us this is the best resturant on the island. We had oyster rockerfeller and it was wonderful. I had the seafood enchiladas and my husband had coconut shrimp. Both were excellent and we had enough for another meal. Joel was our server and we. could... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you think we're the best restaurant on the island, Gracie. Joel will be happy to hear you enjoyed his service. Looking forward to seeing you again and Happy Anniversary! Until then, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My scallops, shrimp, and fish were excellent. We brought the kids, and the fried fish for kids was delicious. We tried to talk our younger son out of ordering a cheeseburger, but, alas, we couldn't. Don't order a cheeseburger at a seafood restaurant! Be sure to order the scalloped potatoes as one of your sides!

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Happy to hear you guys enjoyed your seafood, Kate. So glad you and the kids were able to have such a tasty meal with us. Hope the whole family will be back to visit us soon. Until then, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
  • Phone Number: 956-761-1314

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine

Description

Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?